An inspector general’s report released July 24 has revealed that the Internal Revenue Service “continues to rehire former employees with conduct and performance issues.”
The report examines the period from Jan. 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016, and concludes that nearly 7,500 employees were hired during that period – 2,000 of which had been previously employed by the IRS.
Of those 2,000 former employees, over 200 of them had been previously terminated from the IRS due to poor conduct and performance issues, including the following:
- 4 had been ousted from the IRS for failure to properly file their federal tax returns
- 4 had been ousted while under investigation for unauthorized access to taxpayer information
- 86 had been ousted while under investigation for absences and leave, workplace disruption, or failure to follow instructions
During the time period under review, Commissioner John Koskinen, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, was in charge of the IRS.
The IRS had come under review in 2013 over its targeting of conservative groups, such as the Tea Party, and House GOP members had tried to have Koskinen impeached for obstructing the investigation, The Daily Signal reported.
In a June 28 letter to the inspector general, the acting human capital officer for the IRS, E. Faith Bell, wrote, “To the extent possible by law, the IRS will take all steps allowable to prevent the rehiring of former employees with conduct and performance issues.”
“This team will ensure existing hiring practices and policies are updated to reflect our use of IRS employment data, specifically any misconduct and performance prior to making a tentative offer [of new employment] to a former IRS employee,” Bell added in the letter.
Koskinen was reportedly hired to clean up the scandal over the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, but GOP members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee said instead, he had obstructed the investigation.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, reportedly told The Daily Signal that Koskinen needs to go, sooner than later.
“All Koskinen would have to do is say something publicly about Trump’s taxes, and then Trump can’t fire him,” Norquist said. “Given the outrageous way he has behaved, why not move much sooner?”
Peter Flaherty, president of the watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, said he is puzzled as to why Trump hasn’t fired Koskinen, as he is “a very typical Washington creature and is very at home in the swamp.”
A previous inspector general report reveals that re-hiring employees with poor records is a pattern for the IRS. A December 2014 report revealed that 824 “questionable re-hires” were brought back from 2010 through 2013.
The Department of Treasury, established in 1789, is most commonly known for operating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition to managing taxes and revenue, the Treasury mints paper currency and coins.
As of 2016, The Treasury Department had 91,873 employees, with a total employee expense of $7,43 billion in 2016.
A recent report revealed that the average annual salary at the Treasury Department as of 2016 was $103,000.
The following chart reveals a shocking picture of how average salaries have skyrocketed since 2004 and continued to escalate during the entire term of the Obama administration.
Overall, the Trump administration has reportedly cut almost 11,000 federal jobs in its first six months.
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